State and Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Can Use Provisions in New Federal Energy Law to Increase Local Energy Savings
Washington, D.C. — A report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) concludes that the recently enacted federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 provides a number of opportunities for state and local energy efficiency programs, but will also require some adjustments to local programs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bill to reestablish energy conservation programs in Maryland to help households save energy, reduce their utility bills, and reduce pollution died in Annapolis earlier this week. The bill (SB 397, sponsored by Sen. Brian Frosh, and its companion, HB 490, sponsored by Del. Maggie McIntosh) would have established an "Energy Saving Investment Program" (ESIP) and was virtually identical to a measure that passed the Maryland Senate in 2004 with the support of the Ehrlich Administration.
Washington, D.C. — Congress began markups on major energy legislation this week in the face of high energy prices threatening the economy and rising oil imports threatening U.S. energy security. According to analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in a report released today, Senator Alexander's energy bill (S. 726) would save more than twice the energy as the 2003 conference bill (H.R. 6). H.R. 6 energy savings have been cut even further by committee markups this week, roughly in half relative to ACEEE's original analysis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines recent experience with demand response (DR) programs across the United States and seeks to better understand the relationship between demand response and energy efficiency. The study raises timely issues as the continued growth of electricity demand is putting stress on the U.S. power grid and leading to a resurgence of interest in "demand-side" resource strategies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) joined with a diverse group of business, consumer, and environmental organizations today in supporting a new and balanced initiative for a U.S. natural gas energy policy. Said ACEEE's Executive Director Steven Nadel: "This thoughtful initiative, using energy efficiency as the leading component of a three-pronged approach, offers the nation a new pathway to efficient use and affordable supplies of natural gas. We urge the new Congress to take note, and build a natural gas bill on these principles."
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With oil prices spiking above the record $45 per barrel level this week, the public may forget the other energy challenges that are confronting the United States. A year ago, following the largest electric blackout in U.S. history that took place August 14, 2003, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) warned that the country's appetite for energy was exceeding the market's ability to provide stable supplies.
Delivering the Public Goods: New Study Documents Success of State Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies
Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce the publication of its new report, Five Years In: An Examination of the First Half-Decade of Public Benefits Energy Efficiency Policies, a comprehensive national review of utility sector "public benefits" energy efficiency policies. Such policies have been adopted in twenty states around the country, and are providing nearly $1 billion per year in funding for programs to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in those participating states.
Washington, D.C. — In the midst of a growing natural gas crisis, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released Responding to the Natural Gas Crisis: America's Best Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, which profiles over 30 examples of outstanding natural gas energy efficiency programs from around the nation. Dr.
For most of 2003, the hot national energy issue was the high prices and tight supplies for natural gas. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham held a Natural Gas Summit on June 26, and has since launched the Smart Energy Campaign to encourage consumer action on energy efficiency and conservation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite weak state budgets and a soft economy, states and utilities are boosting their investment in energy efficiency, while the federal government continues to cut efficiency programs. "Energy efficiency programs are expanding because they keep the lights on, keep energy prices affordable, stimulate the economy, and cut air pollution," said Dr. Martin Kushler, Utility Program Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). "We fail to see why the federal government is increasingly blind to these vital public benefits."